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Smuttynose Brewing Company

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American Wheatwine Ale
Ranked #45
Ranked #13,905
3.89 | pDev: 11.83%
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%
2014 - 10.8%
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Reviews by output01x:
Photo of output01x
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Dated 2009) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1-inch cream-colored head that quickly disappears, leaving a nearly absent dusting and clumpy foam ring. The body is a hazy strawberry amber with no noticeable carbonation bubbles. Large floaties can be seen resting on the bottom of the glass like pebbles in a fish tank.

Strong alcohol stings the nostrils at not only the first whiff, but each subsequent sniff thereafter. Grainy wheat with notes of bananas and red apples helps to round out the rest of the nose. As the beer warms, the aromas combine to form a nose reminiscent to warm mulled cider.

Sweet, caramelized malts with a shadow of floral hops starts each sip. An apple cider characteristic lends itself nicely to the overall experience and helps to make the sweetness more acceptable. As soon as the beer is swallowed, a strong alcohol burn kindles in the back of the throat for a moment but quickly fades to a mere warmth coupled by a candied sugar sweetness. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes less apparent, permitting the other flavors to come out more.

Medium bodied with very little carbonation, this beer is surprisingly smooth. The lack of carbonation has amazingly little effect on the drinkability. While it is rather sticky, and almost syrupy once warm, it is still easily enjoyable.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2009 bomber poured into a wine glass appears mahogany in color with a finger of khaki head that fades quick leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is malty and raison-like. Minimal oxidation with a hint of caramel and booze.

Taste is toasty malt, slightly herbal bitter with plenty of raisony alcohol. Almost sherry-like with its oxidation.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. A pretty decent and still quite boozy wheatwine.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured hard into my Duvel glass.

Sight- Raw sienna with orangey hues. Big beige head that recedes to a thin, caldera-like cap. Lacing leaves thick bands full of tiny pockmarks. Chill haze is present and settled, spread out on the bottom and sides of my glass.

Smell- Malty sweetness, a hint of hops. I also get a touch of fruit, but unsure of which one. Alcohol also present, but subtle for an almost 11% brew.

Taste- There is a definite malty sweetness here, balanced against a solid but not overpowering piney hops partner. At a cool temperature the alcohol is masked. As it warms, I’m sure it says “hello” with more confidence. I also get a woody dryness, sort of like the Lukcy Basartd I reviewed last week. Is there a touch of rye-like sour/spice, or is it just me?

Feel- It’s a full-figured woman of a beer (plenty of body). Medium or medium-plus coating, nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not as abrasive as its mainstream cousin, the American barleywine, but VERY nice to drink on a chilly November in NWNJ.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. 65cl. Watching Los Soprano 5x03 + playing Broken Sword 5. Barleywine-like, with lots of raisins and a smoother,silkier body probably thanks to the wheat.Noticeable non USAish hops. Alcohol present too, but nice, providing a warming feeling. To drink slowly

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wheatwine contents naturally lend themselves to a lack of headcap. This is no exception with a pour that settles to a zero cap and an offering of caramel hued orange auburn containing no rising bubbles.

Sweet notes of toased malts meets a sugary, honey aplle aspect.

First swigs: Centers on a honey and grain peppery flavor. Some red apple infuses with some cherry. Heat is detectable. Dry dusty finish follows a dry ginger ale vanilla sweet.

Feel is medium bodied and criply densely carbonated.

Last swigs: Dry vanilla meets grain short pier walk. Nice attempt.

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Photo of drtth
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Bottled in 2009 and sampled in 2010.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear rich copper/orange color that leaves a ½" coarsely bubbled off-white or light tan head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass and leaves and irregular bare patch of surface showing. Sipping leaves modest lacing

Smell: As the bottle is opened the aroma is detectable from a couple of feet away. But in the glass it is not a strong aroma. There is some floral and candied fruity character here, and a hint of alcohol, but nothing that screams "hops." Also, the nose can tell that there is more wheat than barley here.

Taste: The flavors are reasonably complex with some pepper, some alcohol, and some candied fruit (orange and cherry I think). Sometimes, as I sip and reflect on the beer, there seems to be a bit of vanilla in here as well. The alcohol puts in an appearance in the form of its sweetness, but it is neither hot nor unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full bodied and smooth but with very fine gentle carbonation. The finish is medium to short in length, starts in sweet fruitiness and ends tart, astringent and dry with some bitterness in the background.

Drinkability: At this ABV this beer is certainly a one a night beer and a beer for sipping. I'm glad I tried it and that I have another bottle in the cellar to age for a year or so. At the moment I don't mind drinking it but it doesn't grab me the way some barley wines do. It is a nice enough beer and I look forward to trying it with some age, but I'm not thinking I'll go out of my way to find it in the future.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of macster
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-amber color under a thick bone white head which fades quickly to a thin film. No lacing noted.

Immediate sweet aromas of buckwheat honey, dark brown sugar, green apples, fresh wheat bread, spices and ethanol greet the nostrils.

Pleasant subdued carbonation resulted in a smooth, full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

Flavors were sweet and almost a tad cloying but the big alcohol content cuts it down nicely. Notes of caramel apples, almonds, brown sugar, butterscotch, and fresh baked wheat rolls coat the palate.

As sweet as this brew is it serves up a big kick with a warming finish. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a clear medium amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy medium tan head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toffee and caramel malt sweetness with a touch of booze.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of toffee and caramel malty sweetness with light amounts of dark fruit (raisin) and moderate flavors of pine hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is an enjoyable beer but it is a very big beer and there is a definitely alcohol presence - you need to slowly sip this one.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 5.49. 2012 batch. Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Pours a rich orange with robust two and a half fingers head. Very little lacing. 

Smells of grass, maybe a little lemon, caramel and booze. Sweeter and more inviting as it warms. 

Sharp tastes of roasted wheat, hay, marshmallow, corn, burnt sugar and a healthy kick of alcohol. Not bad but the heat of the booze detracts a good bit. As in the nose, it gets sweeter and more enjoyable as it heats up. 

Medium heavy, syrupy feel with a healthy dose of carbonation. Long boozey aftertaste. 

Perhaps the boozeyist wheat wine I've tried so far. There is a nice underlying sweet complexity but it's just too overshadowed by that alcohol bite. Still, I'm glad I tried it and think it's worth getting 2-3 more to age. 18-24 months will take the edge off and allow those other sweet wheat wine flavors to shine.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle
Pours a reddish copper color. I was honestly expecting this to be darker, but whatever. Pours with an off white head. Retention and lacing are above average.
Smell is strong, bready, wheat. Candied fruits are present as well as a slight chocolate and roasted character. Not quite as complex as I would have hoped.
Taste is very good. The smooth, bready, wheat character complements the very strong chocolate flavor. Caramel also makes a cameo as do some dark fruits, plums, figs, and dates. Slightly spicy, but not particularly enough to warrant discription.
Mouthfeel is good, this beer is sweet, but not cloyingly so, and the slight hops balances it all out.
Overall, a good beer. I've had a few wheat wines and this one isn't really like the others, but it's still a very good beer.

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Photo of PrimScrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of nkoehler
3.5/5  rDev -10%

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of irishevans
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours straight up crayola certified amber, with a very thin white head that laces very well. the nose is like an american barleywine or perhaps a mellow I.P.A., hops grab your attention right away. the taste starts off mellow as well, the hop bite/flavor comes out close to the end, however the finish is smooth not bitey as the late hop emergence would have you think. the mouth-feel is with the exception of when the hops first rear there head is smooth as can be, a very nice texture. drinks very very easy for it's abv, this is an overall impressive beer, i highly recommend this

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Photo of b3shine
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to snifter. Looks good; however, this is my first review of a wheat wine, so this portion of the review is somewhat arbitrary. Smell is good. Very similar to a barleywine. The taste is where it differentiates itself from a BW. Not better, not worse; just different, and refreshingly so. Much more candied up front. And throughout, for that matter. I like it. The mouthfeel is good too, especially for a big beer. I couldn't do too many of them because of how candied they are, but it's a nice alternative to a big beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Collins bar in little 'ole NYC. Pours orangy apricot, moderatly cloudy, minimal head, with light and elongated strips of lacing. Nose is sweet and phenolic, with notes of gin and anise, mmm yummmy stuff my eyes and nose are telling me. Buttery mouthfeel. Nice yeasty, wheat feel to this stuff. Packed with fruity flavors with some gin, and bourbon notes to make things interestingly complex.This is a fruity, alcoholic, strong, and tasty beer. More fine brew from smutty. Extra fine on tap, I'd love to try some of the bottled variety as well.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HimerMan for the trade in which he also included perkuno's hammer as a f'ing extra!!

Pours a clear ruby/orange with good head (vigorous pour) that dissipates into a ring and thin film in about two minutes. smell is very similar to a barleywine with a little more spice. Great flavor. Barleywinish, but with more spice and seems a bit smoother than most barleywines. Spicy with dark fruit flavors. Lots of malt flavor, wheat is there but not as strong as I expected. This is really like a barleywine other than the strong spice on the finish. some hop bitterness verrrryyy distant in the aftertaste. kind of slight (very) apple taste on the finish. Suprised at how distant the hops are on the end of this. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but quite good. Drinkability gets exceptional marks, as the abv is well hidden and it goes down very smooth. A great offering from smuttynose, and one I would love to put a couple years on. But for that I will need another bottle. ohhh Brian...

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Photo of mfrigon
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Dithyramb
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured after a slight chill into a snifter. Unlike the recent Bell's wheat wines I had, this one had extremely little head nor much in the line of lacing from the ring. Isn't the addition of wheat supposed to help w/ ye olde retention issues? Oak brown slightly chill hazed.
Some ETOH and a bit of hops on the nose, but mostly just some roasted malts

Smooth and creamy, once you get past the big alcohol bite (so that's why the head didn't last and mine is getting red and warm). Loads of candied fruits with some apple and citrus. Caramel and bready tastes too.Finished a bit sweet, but went down mighty easy.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.16/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

An orangish color with very slight white head. No lacing, not a lot of retention.

Smells malty with a slight metallic odor. Boozy.

Tastes really malty, molasses and caramel. Very sweet, tastes like honey. Alcohol definitely comes through here.

Mouthfeel is thick, but carbonation is pretty decent.

This is too sweet for me, drinkability hurts.

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Photo of mindfuldave
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Town & Country Liquors, West Springfield, MA. Label notes Bottle Conditioned in 2005.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" manila tan head over the orangey amber brew. Head lasts well, esp for the style, with sticky, slow falling lace. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, and boozy. Taste is dominated by the alcohol in this young brew, probably best to let it age for awhile. But I didn't, so let's see what else we have. Light fruitiness and wheat character both wave from beneath the surface of alcohol, but hardly can make themselves noticed. Alcohol even numbs the mouth a bit. Mouthfeel is exceptional from the wheat input, sliding so nicely across the tongue, gives a valiant effort in tempering the alcohol, just comes up a tad short. Drinkability is good, because even though I'm not quite happy with this one right now, it has great potential for the future. A brew to look forward to, for sure.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There wasn't much head, but there was good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, a sugary element and alcohol.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. You could really tell this had a 10.70% ABV. Not very well masked.

M: A fairly high rate of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: While this is a well made beer, it's not my favorite. Still outside of the alcohol, the taste is very well done.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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